Badnarik/Cobb Arrest Now Archived

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badnarik_arrest_front.jpgOne of the things that concerned me when Blognarik was down was that the permanent record of Michael Badnarik’s and David Cobb’s arrest would be forever lost and not even become a historical footnote. Since they’ve recovered that portion of the site, I’ve archived that page at the Libertarian Party of Alabama website. I also added primary and secondary links to the event at Badnarik’s Wikipedia entry.

For those of you unfamiliar with what happened because the mainstream media decided this event wasn’t important enough to cover, here are the first few entries from the log Stephen VanDyke and I worked very hard on that night:

8:38PM CT

The first report from St. Louis is in – and presidential candidates Michael Badnarik (Libertarian) and David Cobb (Green Party) were just arrested. Badnarik was carrying an Order to Show Cause, which he intended to serve the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD). Earlier today, Libertarians attempted to serve these same papers at the Washington, D.C. headquarters of the CPD – but were stopped from approaching the CPD office by security guards.

Fred Collins reported to me from the ground that Badnarik and Cobb are in great physical condition and great spirit.

As soon as more details are available, they will be posted here immediately.

8:51PM CT

I just spoke with Jon Airheart on his cellular telephone. He reports that while he could see no handcuffs, both Badnarik and Cobb had their hands behind their backs, as if they were handcuffed. Airheart also confirms that Badnarik did have the papers to serve the CPD in his jacket pocket.

9:09PM CT

The first AP report just hit Google News:

Just as the debate began, two third-party presidential candidates purposely crossed a police barricade and were arrested. Green Party presidential candidate David Cobb and Libertarian Party candidate Michael Badnarik were protesting their exclusion from the debate

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10:09PM CT

My cell phone is ringing off the hook. There is no way to catch up with all of the messages left – and I am sure the memory is full by now. Things are going too fast to keep up with them.

Jon Airheart just reported that he and Fred Collins are catching a taxi to the jail where Mike is currently located. The address is 200 South Tucker Street, St. Louis, MO. Jon stated that there were over one hundred police officers with helmets and shields in the particular line they crossed.

Thomas Knapp just reported that prior to their arrests, Badnarik and Cobb explained to the crowd why they chose civil disobedience to express their message. He stated that Badnarik had to “bodily” push his way through the police line. Once through, he peacefully surrendered, was handcuffed, and taken out of direct sight.

While the mainstream media may continue to pander to the power players in DC, netizens will always have this historical reference of their complete lack of journalistic ethics.

posted by Stephen Gordon
  • http://somewhereindurham.blogspot.com/ Seth

    Hey, Steve: As an avid contributor to Wikipedia, I’d like to ask you a favor… you seem to be in the habit of referring to article on Wikipedia as a “wiki entry,” which is actually not what I think you mean…

    Technically, a “wiki” is just the type of website software. What you really mean, I think (based on the links) is Badnarik’s *Wikipedia* entry. There are hundreds of different wikis out there, but only one Wikipedia.

  • Stephen Gordon

    Seth,

    Thanks. I updated the posting and will try to keep this in mind for future reference.

  • Erin

    You ought to send it up to FreedomSLUT, too.

  • http://somewhereindurham.blogspot.com/ Seth

    Cool. Thanks, Steven!

    Incidentally, folks may be interested in helping to improve articles on current Libertarian candidates, such as:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sue_Jeffers
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Peirce
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loretta_Nall

    ..all of whom have dissapointingly short articles at the moment.

  • http://www.JamesBabb.com James Babb

    What about Jon Airheart’s audio blog?

    I remember some very heavy real-time reporting.

    Jim

  • Lex

    Don’t forget Art Olivier, past LP VP candidate and current candidate for Governor of California:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art_Olivier

  • http://thatsridonkulous.blogspot.com/ Rob D.

    This should have definitely been filmed.